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Bahrain police defuse car bomb in capital

03/17/2014 08:13 GMT

DUBAI, March 17, 2014 (AFP) - Bahraini police said Monday they defused a homemade bomb in a car on a main road in Manama.

Police on Sunday "found and defused a pipe bomb and two gas cylinders that had been placed inside the car," they said in a statement.

"The car raised suspicion when it was identified as a stolen vehicle," it said, adding that an investigation was launched.

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Bahrain must not use killing of policemen to clamp down on freedoms

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Amnesty International has today called on the Bahraini authorities to ensure those arrested following a blast that killed three policemen on Monday are not at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and to not use the attack to justify further clamp down on fundamental freedoms.

The call came after the Interior Ministry issued a statement on 4 March that it had arrested 25 individuals suspected in connection with the killing of three policemen on duty and that it has taken the necessary measures to track down others linked to the attack.

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Secretary-General condemns bomb attack in Bahrain

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4 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bomb attack on Monday in the village of Daih, Bahrain, which led to the death of three policemen.

Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, conveyed his sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Bahrain.

“Such acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause,” said the statement.

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Bahrain protesters, police clash on uprising anniversary

02/14/2014 22:19 GMT

DUBAI, February 14, 2014 (AFP) - Security forces clashed with Shiite protesters who tried to march towards the Bahraini capital's symbolic Pearl Square on Friday to mark the third anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising, witnesses said.

Protesters, who gathered in several Shiite villages to walk towards Pearl Square, where demonstrators camped out for a month in early 2011 before being violently dispersed by troops, were met with tear gas and bird shot, the witnesses said.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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As Budget Shortfall, Insecurity Threaten Efforts of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, 17 Member States Promise Funds at Pledging Conference

For 2014, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees had developed a core budget of $687 million with nearly zero growth, and a cash shortfall of 10 per cent was already anticipated.

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50 Shi’a activists sentenced amid torture allegations

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Allegations the Bahraini authorities used electric shocks and other torture methods to extract confessions from members of a group of 50 Shi’a activists are just one factor making their trial and convictions unfair, Amnesty International said today.

A Bahraini court sentenced the 49 men and one woman, many in their absence, to up to 15 years’ imprisonment on Sunday, on charges related to their involvement in the opposition youth movement known as the 14 February Coalition. The predominantly Sunni Bahraini authorities have accused the Shi’a group of terrorism.

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Bahrain: Location Map (2013)

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Security Forces Detaining Children

Reports of Beatings, Torture Threats in Detention

(Beirut, September 15, 2013) –Bahrain security forces routinely detain children without cause and subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports from victims, family members and legal rights activists.

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Human rights: situation in Congo, Central African Republic and Bahrain

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Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, condemning the latest outbreak of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and, the unconstitutional seizure of power in the CAR in March and calling for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Bahrain.

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End crackdown on peaceful demonstrations

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The Bahraini authorities must not crack down on mass anti-government protests scheduled for tomorrow said Amnesty International. The organization fears that new legislation introduced last week will be used to legitimize the use of force to quash peaceful protests.

“The people of Bahrain have the right to express their views freely and to protest peacefully without the threat of violence,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

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New decrees ban dissent as further protests organized

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Two new emergency decrees issued by the King of Bahrain last night, which include the banning of all protests, are a further shameful attempt to completely ban any form of dissent and freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.

“Banning sit-ins, public gatherings and demonstrations in Bahrain’s capital and stipulating that parents could be jailed if their children repeatedly participate in demonstrations is outrageous, and violates international law,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

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New anti-terrorism powers would pose further risk to human rights

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Amnesty International warns against the imminent adoption of proposed amendments by the Bahraini authorities to the anti-terrorism legislation as it will lead to further violations of Bahrain’s international human rights obligations.

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UN chief condemns Bahrain bomb attack, urges inclusive dialogue to ease tensions

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18 July 2013 – Expressing concern about the increase in violence in Bahrain, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent bomb attack at a mosque in Riffa and has reiterated his call on all parties in the country to engage in an all-inclusive dialogue to ease tensions.

In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General condemned the bomb attack at a mosque in Riffa, which is south of the Bahraini capital, Manama.

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Bahrain violence kills one policeman, wounds five

07/07/2013 09:46 GMT

DUBAI, July 7, 2013 (AFP) - Two attacks outside the Bahraini capital Manama killed one policeman and wounded five, the interior ministry and police said on Sunday, in the latest unrest to rock the Sunni-ruled Shiite-majority Gulf state.

A bomb killed one policeman and wounded two in a Shiite village near Manama, Bahrain's head of public security said.

"Terrorist groups targeted a police station in Sitra" late on Saturday, General Tariq Hasan said in the statement carried by the official BNA news agency.

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Interfere, Restrict, Control’: Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain

Bahrain: New Associations Law Spells Repression

EU, US Should Press for Release of Opposition Leaders

(Brussels)--New laws and lengthy jail terms for activists have put freedom of association in Bahrain under severe threat, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Bahraini authorities have left hardly any space for peaceful political dissent. Through a mix of restrictive laws and abusive policies, the government is sending a clear message that it will not tolerate calls for reform that challenge the ruling family’s monopoly on power.

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In harm’s way – Bahraini children jailed in adult prisons

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When teenagers Jehad Sadeq Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad were jailed at Bahrain’s Jaw Prison, the authorities there had to make special uniforms to fit them because there were none available in their size.

The boys’ conundrum is symbolic of a much wider problem facing scores of children being held in adult prisons in Bahrain.

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Jordan Red Crescent distributes food parcels to Syrian refugees

Amman, May 23 (Petra)--Jordan Red Crescent has distributed food parcels and medicine to Syrian refugees in Amman with the support of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent.

Also, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Tadateru Konoe said the federation will make an appeal to all states, governments, societies and donor countries throughout the world to provide aid to Syrian refugees in the Kingdom.